in a display case at Panache at Green Spring
Station in Timonium, Md.
— Want to make an impact at your upcoming holiday
soiree? Famed designer Nicole Miller has you covered.
the self-professed plastic surgeon of the fashion
industry — her clothes are known for making women’s
figures look better — caught up with us at a recent
boutique opening and shared her tips for nailing the
right holiday party ensemble.
woman can do a lot with it (embellished tops) — wear
skyscraper pants, a skirt or jeans," Miller said.
"I also like to add a fur vest to a cocktail dress
or gown. It looks really cool."
far as accessories are concerned, Miller suggests taking
a minimal approach.
wear too much," she said. "Maybe wear big
earrings or a statement necklace."
knows what she’s talking about. Women flock to her
collection, including celebs such as Beyonce, Jennifer
Aniston, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Ciara, Tyra Banks,
Emily Blunt and Taraji P. Henson.
week, Miller made the quick visit from New York City to
show her support for Panache owner Vanessa Pivec, with
whom she’s worked for 28 years. Pivec celebrated the
grand re-opening of her boutique after she completed a
renovation of the space.
fabulous," Miller said of the owner. "She’s
a brilliant retailer and entrepreneur."
is currently finalizing her fall collection, which she
will showcase in New York this February. She said she’s
switched the theme of the collection three times so far.
went through a lot of crazy things. I played with the
themes of old hotels in New York City, South American
art, homeless. I nixed all of them," she said,
adding that she’ll have everything decided by the
beginning of December.
fashion novice might think that a 90-day turnaround for
a collection could be a daunting task. But not for
Miller, a master of the design process. It was Miller,
after all, who created her iconic dress silhouette of a
bodycon side-ruched sheath.
nip and tuck dresses," she said. "My dresses
hid all the problem areas."
thinks that a major problem facing the fashion industry
is "fast-fashion" — or cheaply made clothes
that are easily disposable.
think it’s bad for the environment. People are making
too much stuff," she said. "People instead
should buy more investment clothing."
can we expect from Miller in the future?
she said with a smile. "Our shoes and handbags are
doing well. We’ll have more menswear. I don’t like
to be bored. I love to be doing stuff."
we probably won’t see Miller on another reality show.
Miller appeared on the Sundance Channel series "All
On The Line" with fashion editor Joe Zee in 2011.
was fun for the moment," she said. "I love Joe
said she was too self-conscious about the show.
came out four years ago, and I haven’t watched
it," she said.